Jason Schmitt is a filmmaker, journalist and Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication, Media & Design at Clarkson University. Schmitt concentrates his research toward online education impacting a global audience, open access relating to academic publications, and the reproducibility crisis in science. As a filmmaker, his documentary, "Paywall: The Business of Scholarship,"which premiered September 6th, 2018 has had 400 public screenings at institutions around the globe and an audience of over 350,000 have viewed the film.
As a journalist, Schmitt has written more than 75 pieces for outlets like The Guardian, Forbes Asia, Huffington Post, Slate, EdSurge, BoingBoing, EuroDoc, Elmore Magazine, and DBusiness. He also has had his photographic work featured in National Geographic.
Schmitt is involved in providing insight and leadership toward startup companies in the digital space and has judged over 1,000 startup pitches and business models for venture capital funding.